• Favorite Songs July 05-October 08

    Dez 20 2008, 22h58 por amendelson

    The other day , my external hard drive finally arrived in the mail. I’d been planning on getting one for at least a year, and I actually picked out the one I wanted when I was home in August, but for whatever reason I didn’t get around to actually buying it until this Monday. I bought it so I’d have a place to put all my music files, as they’ve been clogging up my internal hard drive for some time.

    It’s worked fine (to delete all your music files while hoping that the one on your external h.d. will work is to know fear) but it had an unintended consequence—since I copied rather than directly moved all my files onto the e.h.d., they’re technically different files. Because of this, all the listening data iTunes had stored up vanished.

    Thankfully, I foresaw this so I tried to save a bit of that data. Knowing that stuff is really fascinating—if you have no life, that is—and I didn’t want to lose everything iTunes knew about my listening habits since July 2, 2005, the day I got my computer. …
  • The Posies

    Dez 1 2008, 22h48 por egulphy

    On one of our many trips to the Yonge Street flagship HMV store in Toronto, the first Posies album, "Failure", caught either my eye or Caroline's. Released independently by Conrad Uno's Popllama lablel, the album looked like a home-made demo tape that made it to the then-rather-new compact disc format.

    On the blue monochrome cover, there was a blocked-out photo of some granola-bitch with big, bad hair. I probably picked up the album because, save for the giant white BLOCK over her face, she was a dead ringer for Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies (not that I was a fan of the Cowboy Junkies beyond a casual approval of what they did to Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane").

    Margo Timmins?

    On the back cover was a photo of two big-haired guys that looked like the crowd that Caroline hung out with in high school (she went to a Catholic high school where school uniforms forced "individuals"…
  • The Random Quiz - or, back to elementary school

    Jul 8 2006, 21h20 por baaic

    Okay, I'm taking this from CMJ who turned up in my recommended reading for citing Rem. And it seemed like the weird sort of thing that made a great deal of sense to my inner ten-year-old girl, so ...

    Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle.
    Say the following questions aloud, and press play.
    Use the song titles that come up to answer each question.
    and no guarantee for no embarassing songs ;)

    How does the world see me?
    Artist: Mono Puff
    Song: Extra Krispy
    Comment: Yeah right. Maybe extra squishy.

    Will I have a happy life?
    Artist: Foreign Born
    Song: We Had Pleasure
    Comment: Not bad. Kind of worried about that past tense, though.

    What do people really think of me?
    Artist: Rusted Root
    Song: Too Much
    Comment: Oh dear. That's not much of an endorsement.

    Do people secretly lust after me?
    Artist: The Breeders
    Song: Saints
    Comment: And that may be sufficiently twisted.

    How can I make myself happy?
    Artist: They Might Be Giants
    Song: Ana Ng
  • survey thingie

    Mai 8 2006, 22h35 por nightdriver

    Name your top 10 most played bands on

    1 They Might Be Giants
    2 XTC
    3 The Mountain Goats
    4 The Posies
    5 of Montreal
    6 John Vanderslice
    7 Nada Surf
    8 Neutral Milk Hotel
    9 Big Star
    10 Mike Doughty

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    Time Travel Is Lonely

    What is your favorite album of 2?
    English Settlement

    What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
    hmm, lots of good ones, but i suppose i'll go with "i'd like to marry all of my best friends and live in a big house together by an angry sea."

    How many times have you seen 4 live?
    coincidentally, four.

    What is your favorite song by 7?
    hmm, tough one, but i think i'll go with Zen Brain

    What is a good memory you have involving the music of 10?
    it was pretty awesome when he randomly came out to do one single fingertip at a They Might Be Giants concert.

    Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?